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Belarus not thinking of diverting transit cargo away from Latvian ports at this moment

Photo: Evija Trifanova/LETA.
 RIGA, Dec 7 - The director of the Transport Ministry's Transit Policy Department Andris Maldups told the business information portal ''Nozare.lv'' that Belarus is not planning on diverting transit cargo from Latvian to Russian ports at the moment, but the country is evaluating transportation proposals from Moscow, as Minsk is not prepared to overpay.
Maldups explained that one thing is what officials from Belarus and Russia speak on the political level, but that the conditions the Russian side offers will be the decisive factor.
''I doubt Belarus is prepared to overpay. Minsk is expecting Moscow to be very obliging on this matter. The question is, is Russia prepared to be this obliging?,'' Maldups emphasized.
''The Belarus cargo transit shipments through Latvia have been stable for the past 10 to 15 years. Each shipments was sent through the most direct and convenient route, and it is not possible to just easily divert these shipments somewhere else,'' Maldups emphasized.
As reported, this past November, the Belarus opposition news portal ''Charter 97'' reported that Belarus intends to transfer a large portion of export cargo traffic from Baltic to Russian ports.
''I will not conceal it, we discussed this issue very seriously at our latest meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin,'' Belarus President Alexander Lukashenka said at the time.
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